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Berlin, November 27 - 29, 2019

OEB speaker Ebba  Ossiannilsson

Ebba Ossiannilsson

Swedish Association for Distance Education and ICDE, Sweden

Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, is the V President for the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE), and the V President for the Swedish Association for E-Competence (REK). She is the founder and owner of Ossiannilsson Quality in Open Online Learning (QOOL) Consultancy. Ossiannilsson is a senioer consultant at Mentorix, Denmark.

Dr. Ossiannilsson was awarded the EDEN Fellow title in 2014, and she became Open Education Europa Fellow in 2015. Since the year 2000, she worked at Lund University, Sweden, as an e-learning, open online learning expert, and advisor with special focus on quality. Ossiannilsson is a researcher, advisor and consultant. In addition, she has worked as a consultant at several of the prestige national universities. She is frequently invited as keynote speaker for international, and national conferences, within the area of open, online, flexible, and technology enhanced teaching and learning (OOFAT) and quality. She is board member in national and international associations, in the area of open online learning and education (EDEN EC, former EFQUEL, earlier in EUCEN). She was the research leader for the ICDE research study on global overview of quality models, and the evaluator of the SEQUENT project on quality. Ossiannilsson collaborated with the EC ET working group on digital and online learning on quality in OER, MOOCs and open education and with Commonwealth of Learning. She was an expert for IPTS on their work on the framework for open education. Ossiannilsson is a quality reviewer for both ICDE as well as for EADTU, ECB Check, and also for former EFQUEL. She Was in the board for LANETO, and was among the founders of EPPROBATE. Ossiannilsson is coordinating the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC on behalf of the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE). She is in the Board for several scientific Journals and the Editor in the Education Sciences Journal, the topical collection on MOOCs. Ossiannilsson is representing EDEN in ISO, and she works at national level in SIS/ISO (Swedish Standards Institute /ISO. She has a passion to contribute to open education for a Future We Want for All, as is emphasized by UNESCO for 2030.

Ossiannilsson has conducted several research studies in open online learning, including flexible learning, OERs and MOOCs, and personal learning environments. She has conducted several national overview reports, for example, the POERUP, ADOERUP, Global OER Mapping, the IPTS Member States Case Studies on Policies for Opening up Education, and for the Open Education Working Group. She was one of the promoters for introducing MOOCs in Sweden, and she has finalized some 40+ MOOCs herself, since its start in 2008. She was invited as Quality expert for the investigation on MOOCs by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).

Ossiannilsson is a senior consultant at Mentorix, Denmark, and serve as a pedagogical consultant and researcher for the Next Generation Digital Learning Envioronment (NGDLE). She has conducted research in the area with an extensive publications on personal learning, and learning "just for me".

Ossiannilsson earned her PhD at Oulu University, Finland in 2012 with a dissertation on Benchmarking e-learning in higher education: lessons learned from international projects. Her dissertation has fortunately had a very large outreach and is often cited. Ossiannilsson’s publications comprise over 200 publications: Conference papers, Journal articles, Book Chapters, Reports, Editor for books, a forthcoming book (Springer on open education) and her dissertation. Please follow Ossiannilsson on ResearchGate, Linked In, Blog. and Twitter.

Special Recently Research Projects, and Activities on Quality Work in OOFAT, Including References


The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) 

The ICDE research study on Quality Models in Online, Open Education Around the Globe: State of the art and recommendations. The study was on behalf of ICDE, and Coordinated by EADTU. Ossiannilsson was the research leader for the study team comprised of K Williams, A Camilleri and M Brown

Quality Reviewer on Behalf of ICDE for University Terbuka, Indonesia


Ossiannilsson is coordinating the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC on behalf of the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE)

The Europen Distance E-learning Network 

EC member on behalf of SADE, and besides the EC work she will take the lead for a SIG on quality in TEL

Ossiannilsson is appointed by the EDEN EC to take the lead on a Special Interest Group on Quality and Technology Enabled Learning

EDEN representant in ISO


The European Association for Distance Teaching Universities 

Evaluator for the Project Supporting Quality in E-learning European Networks (SEQUENT

Quality Reviewer EADTU, Excellence, University of Nicosia

Member of the Ed board for update of the Excellence manua


Quality Reviewer EADTU, OpenupEd, University of Derby

Member of the Ed board for updating the OpenupEd manual

Quality Reviewer EFQUEL, UNIQUe (University of Nicosia)

Quality Reviewer EFQUEL, ECB Check

European Commission ET Working Group on Open and Distance Learning

IPTS Working Group on Open Education Framework, Focus on Quality

Commonwealth of Learning


IPTS Member States Case Studies on Policies for Opening Up Education (2016--)

EUA on Comments for the Directive of the European parliament and of the council on copyright in the Digital Single Market 


Session M3